Improved Cloud Storage Usage on Mobile Devices


Mobile devices have limited computing and storage power. It makes the store user data in the cloud. Various app developers use cloud storage. But the experience is not always great. It affects battery due to extended synchronization times and clogged networks. It happens when multiple apps are trying to access the cloud at the same time.

Scientists from Binghamton University, State University of New York developed a new service to improve cloud performance in the mobile device. They have developed a stoArranger service to interrupt, coordinate and optimize requests made by mobile apps and cloud storage services. It works as a middleware system. Through this, devices get improved performance and overall network. StoArranger takes cloud storage requests. For example,- either to upload a file or to open a file for editing and orders them in the best way to save power. It completes tasks as quickly as possible and reduces the data amount used to complete the tasks.

Although, the work could affect millions of mobile devices and users. For example, Microsoft’s cloud computing and storage system Azure had 10 trillion objects stored on its servers as of January 2015.But, it is only a promising first step in the development of StoArranger, which isn’t commercially available. Scientists said,

“Further research is scheduled for evaluation experiments, and a full paper will be submitted later this year.”

Yifin Zhang, assistant professor of computer science, said, “We are planning on developing an app for public use. We are trying to solve problems without changing operating systems or the existing apps. Through this, we can make our solution practical and scalable to existing smartphone users.”

“The programming committee thought the work presented is a good demonstration of the negative effects of the way that current cloud storage providers chose to deploy their services. The solution we proposed could be a practical way to solve the problem,” he said.


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